My Love of Chocolate and My Diabetes

One of my favorite things to eat is chocolate. As a diabetic, I set out to find if eating chocolate was a treat I needed to give up. Not only did I look into it, but I was very surprised at what I found. In fact, I ended up creating my own line of sugar-free chocolate.


There are over 350 million people suffering from diabetes. One of the most frequently asked questions regarding diabetes and diet is whether diabetics must give up chocolate and other candy treats for good. The good news, however, is that those suffering from diabetes can enjoy an occasional chocolate treat if they exercise restraint and moderation. And with many new products on the market that are sugar-free, it makes it that much easier to have a treat every now and then.


One of the reasons that an occasional chocolate bar is okay for diabetics is the fact that the sugar in chocolate is absorbed more slowly than that found in many other foods, such as white bread and even mashed potatoes. This means that the body has a bit more time to deal with the rise in blood sugar caused by chocolate. It is important to keep in mind, however, that too much chocolate can lead to excess weight gain that could complicate one’s diabetes.


Many diabetics wonder about the special chocolates made with diabetics in mind. Like any other type of food, these diabetic chocolates can be either good or bad, depending on how they are consumed. When eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, diabetic chocolate can be an awesome treat, but when consumed in excess, it can be just as fattening and dangerous as any other sweet treat.


While diabetic chocolate is designed to not raise blood glucose levels, it still has plenty of calories – you want to keep that in mind when consuming. It is important not to think of this special chocolate as a license to overeat.


The bottom line is, there are some great choices for those living with diabetes as chocolate goes. Be sure to not overeat and use restraint. Being diabetic does not mean we can’t eat great-tasting foods anymore. We just have to cut back on certain types of food and how much of it we consume.


Added to Diet, Diabetes on Wed 09/14/2011